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1968- At age ten, Joel helped plant David and Diana Lett's (Eyrie Vineyard) first Pinot noir planting.This was among the first plantings of the variety in Oregon.Joel's parents, Tucson and Lonnie Myers met the Courys in 1961 (also Pinot noir pioneers in Oregon) while living in California.The Courys introduced them to the Letts and they became close friends.
1976- During college, Joel went to Europe to visit wineries, vineyards, and research stations with his friend Charley Coury. He became interested in viticulture.
1980- After graduating from the University of Oregon with a BA in Geography and Environmental Science, Joel went to work for David Lett full time managing his vineyard in the Dundee Hills.
1981- Joel Myers and Louise Bernards were married. They met while Louise lived with the Letts and taught art to their son, Jim. Joel started growing wine grape nursery stock and selling it across Oregon while working for Eyrie.
1983- Joseph Myers is born.
1984- Officially started Vinetenders as an entity in the viticulture business.
1986- John Myers is born.Joel and Louise purchased 40 acres near Dayton.
1988- Joel began working for Eyrie as an independent contractor.The Myers family moved onto the farm in Dayton.
1989- David Myers is born. Joel left Eyrie and began consulting and management work for Guadalupe Vineyard.
1990- Guadalupe, Brickhouse and Veritas hired Vinetenders to plant and manage their vineyards.
1991- Willakenzie Estate hired Vinetenders to plant and manage their vineyards.
1997- Vinetenders began planting and managing Tony Soter's Beacon Hill Vineyard.
1998- Joel became Oregon/Washington sales representative for Duarte Nursery of Hughson, California.
2000- First vintage of Siltstone Pinot noir is produced using fruit from Guadalupe Vineyard.Vinetenders developed and began to manage Two Barns Vineyard.
2001- First vintage of Siltstone Guadalupe Vineyard Pinot gris produced. Joel and Louise purchased the old post office in Carlton and renovated it for winery and tasting room use.
2003- Vinetenders planted and began management of Penner-Ash Winery's Dussin Vineyard.Soter's Mineral Springs Vineyard was developed.
2005- Myers Family began planting the first Blacktail Vineyard Pinot noir vines on their farm in Dayton.
2007- Laurent Montalieu and Danielle Andrus-Monalieu and John and Ginger Niemeyer hired Vinetenders to manage Hyland Vineyard of McMinnville.Expansion of home vineyard took place.Vinetenders buys a Pellenc mechanical grape harvester (one of the first in the region).First vintage of Siltstone Hyland Vineyard Pinot noir produced.
2008- DHF Holdings hired Vinetenders to develop and manage vineyards in McMinnville.Further expansion of home vineyard occurred during this time. Before harvest, Joseph came back to work for Vinetenders.
2009- Many clients continue to expand.Myers purchased 20 acres of land in the Yamhill-Carlton District AVA to plant an additional vineyard.
2012- Muller Thurgau vines planted on farm in Carlton.
2013- Chardonnay and Sauvingon blanc vines planted on farm in Carlton. Siltstone looks to Spring 2013 to open tasting room downtown Carlton.